Texas Tech vs. Baylor: A Rivalry to be Thankful For


Every Texas Tech fan I know loves Baylor week. It doesn’t matter who destroys who, it’s just always fun for us. For the past five years of my life, it’s been a week of constant trash talking – all in good spirit, but trash talking nonetheless. But before I go any further, I have a confession to make.

My best friend goes to Baylor.

I know, it’s a terrible thing to say, and it still hurts to this day. My best friend Chase and I have been best friends since freshman year of high school (he’ll never own up to being my best friend, but it’s true). Chase looked at Tech, but he ultimately chose to be a Baylor Bear. Regardless of his obviously poor decision making, I still love him just the same and still talk to him every single day. Some days we’re just a little meaner than others (and we’re pretty mean most days). Our meanest days are generally during #BaylorHateWeek, but that’s just how I like it.

There have been some texts exchanged that should never be read again. There has been homemade meals won and lost. There have been brief periods of time when I wasn’t really sure if our friendship could ever recover.

But I am thankful. I am thankful for the rivalry between Texas Tech and Baylor. I am thankful for #BaylorHateWeek, and the many insults it inspires. I am thankful to be trolled relentlessly by those green and gold bears from Waco (but y’all need to step up your insult game). And I am thankful my best friend goes to a school I respect, but very much dislike.

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There is a magic in college football rivalries, and this one is definitely not excluded. Baylor has one of Texas Tech’s own leading the team. Baylor has a tarp that Texas Tech fans can make fun of (because we don’t need no stinking tarps). Baylor loses the name “Wide Receiver U” only to Texas Tech. Let us not take these things for granted on Thanksgiving. Let us instead be thankful for the winning record against Baylor, and all the fun jabs we get to take at those kids down in Waco — and the jabs we get in return. Because that is the magic of college football.

Saturday is only going to make the rivalry more entertaining, and this is one Tech fan who would happily watch the game with a Bear. Win or lose this weekend, I am thankful to be yelling “Wreck ‘em Tech!” instead of “Sic ‘em,” but I’m thankful for those who don the green and gold, all the same.